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Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 1985-09-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 1985-09-07

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The Frozen Logger*, Mississippi Half Step-> Minglewood Blues, Brown Eyed Women, My Brother Esau, Loser, Dupree's Diamond Blues, One More Saturday Night Shakedown Street-> Crazy Fingers-> Samson & Delilah, Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Hey Jude Reprise-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Truckin'-> Comes A Time-> Turn On Your Love Light, E:Johnny B. Goode-> E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Location Morrison, CO

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD>Cm>Dat>CD>EAC>SHN


SBD>Cm>Dat>CD>EAC>SHN via Charlie Miller


Reviewer: HooHah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2011
Subject: good luck
I challenge anyone to listen to the last 2 minutes of Track 14, drums, with headphones, and not conclude that the world is ending, that something awful is coming for you. Scared me straight, yo
Reviewer: LockenStein - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2008
Subject: Love 85
I've been listening to a lot of 85 lately on archive and there's some shows I'd love to have. Is there anyone out there that can help me get a hold of some vintage 85's? I don't know the "ropes" of this very well and could use some guidance.
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2008
Subject: Goonies. Onstage and off.
This is actually the first time I've heard the SBD of this show. A good way to mix is the AUD of the 1st set (which has the full intro) and this as the 2nd set.

In person, I thought the band was a little too relaxed. It helped make a fun show but at the time I thought it was not the best show I saw in the mid-80s. It has highlights but it also had oops moments. People judge(d) the whole show by Hey Jude (which never struck me as that big o'deal), by the length (longest of the run) and by the windy storm that blew through for a bit, causing tarps and a weird vibe (followed by a turnaround vibe, of course!). There was Goony Bird going around and everybody in our row that got into that stuff had a challenging time of it; the kind where you're going uphill, with a bit of a frown on your face struggling for the meadow at the end of the tunnel a couple hours down the road, where you can finally relax. Thing was, I had ended up with a buncha extra tix for this show so I brought a parcel of virgins. With heads full of that difficult Goony, at their first show, the first song was Frozen Logger. Minds were inadvertently blown and they naturally turned to me for steering. Probably didn't help when I grinned and ribbingly said, "Aren't these guys great? Yep. They give a good show." I wasn't perplexed by Bobby's Logger Song nearly as much as Mickey's kazoo playing. The show had started late and I had to concentrate and bring myself to a certain level of awareness to ascertain that there were equipment delays and I could safely zone out for a bit. Course, before the 1st set was over, everything has normalized...uh, you know, more or less. Some of those folk stepped right on the bus, found a seat and enjoyed the scenery. Others "made their decision to follow routines" as Garcia put it. I also got to miracle the guy who years before had brought me to my first show.

If ever there was a tape I looked forward to getting it was this one. I wanted to relive it to see what happened and recompile. This was a Thurs, Fri, Sat run and I remember that the Saturday crowd was different than the Thurs/Fri shows which meant more locals/first timer/yuppies inside (well, good for them) and heads/hardcores out in the parking lot dancing to the piped sounds. Though all 3 days were sold out, Sat was beyond capacity. The tix say "if rainout, CU Events Center" and I recall friends saying they had a partial rental/setup way over in Boulder in case there was a rainout, as in previous Rox runs!

Good file quality. As for show quality, though, it was average+ with a looooong warming up. I've heard people talk about this Shakedown, and it's not bad, but all were having a tough day with vox. With a multi-day run, you tend to compare it to the other days, since they would assumedly have the same sound setup and vibe. I thought the day before was better but not everybody thinks so. There you have it.
Reviewer: Drumheadz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2008
Subject: Day Tripper!
This was the last of the 3 day shows at Red Rocks. Beautiful weather. Bright blue Colorado sky. Incredible time and place.
I thought the whole Logger thing with Jerry breaking a string was possibly staged. I could be wrong and I guess it doesn't really matter.
It was cool to see them all laughing and having fun. This whole scene just added more fuel to the fire for me moving to Colorado a year later. This pesronally was the most fun Red Rocks run!
Reviewer: craven714 - - September 8, 2007
Subject: Jpotts3 Question: ( not a review)
Deadbase lists the 8/11-13/87 run as the last shows
Dont know the circumstances but everything after these shows are in McNichols Sport Crapreena. Which as anyone knows is like comparing the cementive I70 & I25 interchange, to the... well the...RED ROCKS!!
There is little comparison
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2007
Subject: I'm going to have to agree with PurpleGel on this one
This show is a pretty standard three star show. Very little stuck out, good or bad. The Crazy Fingers is nice, but the Frozen Logger will probably make your ears shed tears.

Pretty unremarkable show, but it could be a whole lot worse.
Reviewer: Chris Freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2006
Subject: Spent a little time on the mountain
You know what they say "if you remember the 60's you weren't there". Well I was at this show
but was somewhat out of my head and had never heard the recording of it. The frozen logger sent me up into the rocks way up behind the audience where i spent most of the show dancing with a few other wide eyed freaks as the music came surging up the ravine.
It is hard to describe what it was like hearing Brown Eyed and many of my absolutely favorite
songs as I was gazing out over just about the entire Nation.
I will also say that they put my favorite Album BLIND FAITH on the PA at REDROCKS that weekend.
I will give you my reasons for giving this a five
1)The band is loose as hell, lots of laughing, talking, banter, the whole logger thing is like a flashback to the acid tests.Yet by the time they get into the show you can hear a pindrop as the music plays the band.
2)The playing is tight, the reason 1985 was a good
year was because the dead really tore into the tunes,they took care of business.You can hear on this soundboard that everyone is in the mix!
3)tune selection-set 1 >All the jerry tunes are classics. ESSAU>Almost extinct.Saturday Night>Closing first set usually a good omen
Set two-What more could you want in a second set? Shakedown>Fingers>Samson, (I was dancin so hard during Samson i almost fell off the ridgeline) Uncle Johns>Playing (I thought about what the future would hold that day, the Cold War was still
going on, lots of hate & turmoil, people choosing materialism over peace and love, yet I felt good here was this band that put me in touch with feelings and emotions that transcended the petty rat race, The Playing is moving real fast, nice jam into drums and it was at this show that I began to get into Brent- Fantasy>Hey Jude>Fantasy and then how about Truckin>Comes A Time>LOVELIGHT! add a two song encore JohnnyB>Baby BLUE
You know in real estate how they say location! location! location! well that does not always work
for the DEAD but if you go sit on a mountaintop and listen to this show YOU WILL GET IT!(Do it with headphones so you don't mess with Mother Nature.)
Reviewer: jpotts3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2006
Subject: red rocks magic again!
When was the last red rocks show?

This place almost always drew out the magic

Check the 82 run- esp middle night of three- i posted comments there too

Awesome, this Red Rocks 85- one of the few from post 83 i listen to on tape.

but as for Live, i saw some EPIC shows up till 91, or so

maybe the last i saw, eugene 93? That was great too!

I saw em from late middle career( 79) onwards

yea, trend was gradually down, but gems occcured still- up till the last few years- post hornsby perhaps- after that went downhill it was sad

i bet they could have gotten hot again if Garcia had sobered up, gotten healthy and had a second wind.
Reviewer: Matty Kid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2006
Subject: Nice Show
This show is pretty damn good. I have listened to many shows, and honestly thing that '89 is one of there best overall years. Especially summer to early fall, some pretty unbelievable stuff.

Mydland is that man.
Reviewer: trapin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2006
Subject: post 85
I became a 'head late in the game, but have definitely heard the lot of shows, in various format. As a younger listener, I have to agree that post 85 is iffy, at best. I saw those later shows, and although I was honored and privelged to be in the presence of the boys, many shows were simply hard to watch. Sorry, its the truth.
Reviewer: tamedturtle - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2006
Subject: typical 85
this imo is a typical 85 with a comical logger at the beginning but other than that i remeber a decent ms toodeloo brent is on like always and jerrys singing well from what i remember i prefered one of the other nights i havent listened in a while but i dont remember nething else that stands out

***must agree with purplegel i am younger and regretfully never saw the dead in their prime but the late 80s def had some moments and even in 90 but after that it was like nuclear halocaust i dont even listen to nething really after that (not to be a snob but they just are terrible) no brent, vince (lol), i think jerry got more lyrics wrong than right his voice was god awful and was always nodding out good thing his guitar had a built in MIDI i mean it is still great music(rarely) but compared to their former selves an absolute joke u must admit deterioration and apathy were taking there toll. esp the last show how can ne body give it higher than a 1 it was horrible just plz folks this isnt about being pretenious or elitist but for the younger folks and people getting into this the next generation that doesnt know much and they probably look at the stars and reviews dont give it high ratings on accounts of sentiments just asking to be critical bc thats what this review is about b/c honestly some nights they just sucked!!sorry
Reviewer: Stagger me - favoritefavorite - October 7, 2005
Subject: Digital noise
I have dl this two times about eight months apart and each time there is serious crackling on d1t1. Any body else?
Reviewer: Stagger me - favoritefavorite - October 7, 2005
Subject: Digital noise
I have dl this two times about eight months apart and each time there is serious crackling on d1t1. Any body else?
Reviewer: Purple Gel - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2005
Subject: I Agree w/Lesh69
While these shows are certainly very good for the time, I have to agree with Lesh69. There is a lot of love for post '85, more than the period merits. I find the rating system for this era to be out of whack, I hove found very few 5 star shows after 1985.The last 10 years, for me were dissapointing, and it was obvious that Jerry was declining and it was hard and sad to watch him deteriorate before our eyes. It does seem that most of the folks here are younger heads who love late Dead and appreciate the classics as well. While I certainly understand the propensity to prefer the shows you were at, I think there is far too much love for later shows here, compared to what IMHO is one of the best periods, Fall 1979-Fall 1982. .
Reviewer: spacedface - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2005
Subject: A space fave
This is a great drum and space with fun beam and Jerry Spanishy sequences. Digitally clipped problem areas after the marimbas can be patched with AUD sections.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2005
Subject: Yet another '85 whopper
I was in London for these shows and could not make it however, this is excellent in every respect but first set is pretty short.
Reviewer: kohnhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: Jude
This was a great show, Hard to believe it was almost 20 years ago. I was danceing with a beautiful hippie chick I would later meet and become friends wtih, we had just looked into each others eyes when the band transitioned into Hey Jude. I still get goose bumps. Christina Ernst if your out there give me a call:)
Reviewer: Augy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2005
Subject: I can sort of relate ...
to Moonshadow's review. I wasn't in a fight but my relationship with my companion amongst other things were on a definite slide, yet I didn't miss any of the shows. Since these have been thoroughly reviewed I'd say this one was the overall best and certainly lived up to the level of the other two years I saw them here, '79 & '82. I may elaborate further, later but, some of you may be sick of my numerous reviews. I got to go eat lunch now.
If you haven't heard this one, well like I said elsewhere, it has stiff competition during this year, but most assuredly it holds it's own charm. Well enough for her and I and I can't imagine anyone there who didn't enjoy the experience, regardless of one's personel ups or downs !
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2004
Subject: AUD or SBD
As much as I love the sound and feel of good AUD recordings, esp. the Oade recordings here, I have to say that for this show, this SBD recording is the better download. Just my opinion...

Classic show in any format. I remember hearing the Logger on the Dead Hour... Gans linked it up to the Shakedown, and you can hear why. One of my favorite versions of Shakedown St.
Reviewer: Moonshadow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 5, 2004
Subject: What a memory
My girlfriend at the time and I had gotten into a huge fight the night before this show and I ended up spending the night in my truck. I woke up that morning, ate breakfast at some greasy spoon, and I was simply in a foul mood. It was the third of three shows and I decided to blow the the last day off. I was driving up I-70, on my way back to the mountians where I lived at the time when I changed my mind, turned around and headed for Red Rocks. I showed up just as the show started and I remember hearing the first couple of songs on the hike up the hill. I was still kind of grouchy at the break, but I ran into some friends who invited me to join them.. and they had pretty good seats...just above the sound board and off to the side a bit. The second set started and it felt like a 10 ton weight was lifted from my shoulders. Not only was the music fantastic, but the feeling it gave me that day is undescribable. For years after I had an audience recorded cassette of the show that I would listen to when I was feeling down and it always perked me up. That beloved cassette "sprouted legs" at a party in about '94 and all I had left was the memories of that day and how that music affected me in such a profound way.

Times have changed and I have moved from the mountians to the sea. I live on a sailboat, currently in the Sea of Cortez. I found this website, and this show, and I was actually nervous about hearing it again. After hearing this story, my present girlfriend downloaded the show to her computer, burned a cd, and pulled it out of her bag and stuck it into the boat cd player (without saying anything first) one afternoon on a sail from San Evaristo to Bahia Aqua Verde. The music was even better than I had remembered, and it still gives me that special feeling!! What a treat, what a show, what a great band, and what a great website this is...Thanks
Reviewer: Skymags - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2004
Subject: Soggy Fantasy
Obviously a great show to be there but in the summer of '89 I nearly drowned in a canoe crossing a river in New Jersey to obtain a pack of cigarettes. In my pocket was a 100 metal cassette of the second set of this show. To this day it still plays like what was perfect sbd at the time. Now I live 15 minutes from Red Rocks. Ted in Denver
Reviewer: happytrails - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: Me too.
Best show I ever attended. Totally blew my mind.
I remember talking about it with friends before the show, we knew it was going to be fantastic and it was. The Rocks on a sunny day was awesome.
FYI - Mickey and I think Phil were playing a kazoo and horn off stage (but within view) during Frozen Logger. It was a riot, and hint of the show to come.
Reviewer: August Tamalpais West - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2004
Subject: The Frozen Logger
My folks used to play an old Odetta album for me when I was about 5 years old that had a great version of "The Frozen Logger" on it. I can still see that red translucent vinyl in my mind when I hear Bobby butcher that tune. The distortion in the background and the strange clown horns give this a uniquely Grateful Dead sound. Well worth a listen.
Reviewer: rhelmet1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2004
Subject: Anyone else having trouble?
I can't seem to get these files to convert after downloading and attempting numerous times. This is an excellent show and I am looking forward to hearing it again.

Thanks for all the hard work!
Reviewer: lpenoza - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2004
Subject: Best of '85
This 3rd day of the Red Rocks 1985 run ranks as one of the best outdoor concerts I have ever witnessed, and until now I had only a shoddy old analog AUD of it. This beautiful, clean, and solid SBD brings it all back - from the lunacy of the Frozen Logger that showed the band to be having as much fun as those of us between the Rocks, to the bouncy-steppin' Shakedown St, followed by a sparkling Crazy Fingers that sounds for a few golden moments like the Dead of the early '70s. The whole 2nd set really flows with pure Dead goodness. One of the great latter-day Grateful Dead concerts in a world-class setting, in a crispy SBD format. YUMMY!

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